are you getting the H1N1 vaccine for your child?

Rachel - posted on 11/01/2009 ( 70 moms have responded )

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HI, I don't think I a getting it for Peter. There's too much and not enough information about it out there. I don't trust it. Let me know what you think.

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LISA - posted on 11/06/2009

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I let my son who is 9 get the nasal one and needless to say he has been sick for 2 wks now. Fevers and coughing and everything. Now they tell me you need to doses of this crap.. What am i suppose to do? So confused~

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Demetria - posted on 11/12/2009

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I did get it for my children who are 3 yrs.12yrs, and 20 yrs . My husband and I also got it. But the reason I got it is because it was too close to home for us when we found out that one of our good friends lost her child due to this new flu . She thought her child just had a cold but then it got worse and by the time she had taken her to the hospital she past away that same week . I did not want to take that chance with my family because we are all high risk in some sense my 3 yr old was born at 4/12 months early and it is manatory for him because he also has a mild case of Asthma., My 12 yr old has no illness but I wanted her to have it . My 20 yr old has Asthma so she got it . I have diabeties, Asthma, and a cancer survivor so I was told I needed to get it and my husband got it because it has a mild case of asthma as well. As for information if you trust your doctor and they tell you they got it for their child as mine told me she did for hers think about this is a doctor who know a little more info then we do and she felt it was safe enough for her child then why put your children at risk with not getting it.

Jessica - posted on 11/12/2009

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I got it for my three year old son. He goes for the second round of mist next tuesday. I stood in line with my BIL with my two nieces (three yrs and 9 months) for two hours one evening to get theirs because their drs office hasn't been offering it. It was crazy, this was our third attempt to get it! Luckly my son's dr office had it when he went to get his regular flu shot. I'd rather get the shot then see my son suffer if he caught it. They have had quite a few people die in my state from it including 2 pregnant women.

Chastity - posted on 11/12/2009

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I was skeptical at first, but then I asked myself one thing: would I rather take a chance my child (or both) could die from getting H1N1 (a FACT,) or would I rather take a chance there MIGHT be long term risks, (although none reported yet and even if there was, at least there's time to find them and possibly treat them?) To me there was no choice- my 4 y/o just got the vaccine, I get mine next week, and my 4 month old will get his a 6 months old. I'm not risking the lives of my boys over worrying about what might or could happen from taking a vaccine that is made the same way as the flu vaccine- and is NOT proven to have any side effects!

Heather - posted on 11/11/2009

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I decided not to get the Swine flu shot for my son....the peds office never called me back when I called & left a message to see if his dosage was in. There was a clinic at the peds office for the shot and we didnt go. Plus it was too cold to stand outside and wait for the damn shot.

Also a friend of mine goes to the same peds just at a different office location and they told her the her son was not allowed to get the shot. He is 18 months. That was another reason I changed my mind on the shot!

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Ok, I have been getting a TON of crap over this! I personally do not believe in all the hype to this N1H1 virus when it was proven that influenza kills more children a year then this has since it was "founded" So for me personally an H1N1 vaccine is pointless, now I respect everyone's choices especially when it comes to their children, but I was called a bad mother because I refuse to get my child this vaccine. :-( Sorry just had to share

Helen - posted on 11/08/2009

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No way am I getting it! My daughter cannot get it due to her severe allergy to eggs, nor would I even consider it if she could. The regular one I get every year. This one is too new and I heard the stories about the vaccine in the '70s. My daughter already got it, possibly due to someone in her class getting the live mist (that girl has health issues and should not have received it...she has not been the same since - in & out with fevers after she got it.) My daughter has health issues, so she was in the hospital for a few days. I never left her side and did not get the swine flu. My friend's doctor won't even order it for his office...It's about choice.

Angela - posted on 11/08/2009

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look up Oscillio (http://www.naturalhealthezine.com/does-o...)and give it a try, it's very safe and very effective, as it's been used and researched for over 6 decades now. If you pay attention did you notice that the US is the only place really using fear tactics? I started to fall prey to that but then I remembered that other countries especially Europe have an integrated medical system are better off than we are here in North America.

Pam - posted on 11/08/2009

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I personally do not like shots as preventative measures. I know that the H1N1 is a deadly virus for children, but I think that good old fashioned common sense will go just as far. Washing hands often, covering mouths when coughing, avoiding high risk areas when possible and a daily vitamin. These vaccines sometimes cause more harm than good and if your child is healthy, I would say don't do it. I am not getting my children vaccinated against it and so far we have had no issues. My children are all healthy, meaning that they have no chronic illnesses which require long term or constant medication, therapy or medication for. It is a personal choice, but for myself and my children, I am not going to do it. The treatment for the flu, any kind of flu is the same and they are not even testing to determine if it is H1N1 or not anymore, since the treatment will not be effected by the result.

Tshawn - posted on 11/07/2009

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i felt the same way but i would rather try it... than deal with the death of my daughter because i didnt try it.. so i got it for my 10 month old and we will be going back for the 2nd one.

Jennifer - posted on 11/07/2009

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My children did not get the vaccine, and my daughter has already goten the flu. She has handled this flu like any other flu, but she is typically very healthy. I did my research, consulted with multiple Dr's and this ended up being the best decision for my family. It was a challenging, emotional decision for my family, especailly after I myself was sick for over a year, but I couldn't accept the fact that I didn't have the info I needed about this vaccine to feel comfortable giving it to my child. I have made it very clear though to all that ask that it is a very personal, challenging decision- and parents should support each other, not pass judgement.

Shonda - posted on 11/07/2009

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Today, my 9 yr. old, 6 mo. old, and myself received the injection. I have been extremely paranoid about the baby getting H1N1, after her brother came home from school with it, so after he became well again we went ahead and got it. I am worried about the effects of the vaccine, however this virus has been very bad in my area and my doctor really recommended it. I just pray it was the right decision.

Ramona - posted on 11/07/2009

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I am a high risk (pregnant) but I am not getting. I think I already had it. Flu with very high fever but have had a terrible cough for about 3 weeks now. There has not been enough testing. They say it is safe for pregnant, but there have not been any children born from women who have received the vaccine. So we will not truly know till then. Don't forget there have been vaccines that have caused birth defects and they did not realize this till after the children were born.

As far as the kids go, I don't know yet. They will probably get the seasonal flu but I do not know yet if they will get H1N1. I think it is something that can only be a personal choice after research and prayer. You do what you think is best and then pray for the protection of your loved ones vaccinated or not.

Nancy - posted on 11/07/2009

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Yes my boys re getting the H1N1 shot my youngest already got his and my oldest is going on Nov 28

Elyse - posted on 11/07/2009

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I got the vaccine for my 14 month old daughter. The Dr. highly recomended it and said the shot was very similar to the regular flu vaccine. I also figured getting the shot was a much better alternative than her possibly getting H1N1. She goes to daycare and risks a lot of exposure to germs.

Jennifer - posted on 11/06/2009

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I am more confused than ever.. I have a 4 year old, who has been running a high fever since yesterday.. He hasn't gotten his seasonal flu shot, since his docs office was out.. He has gotten it every year.. I also I have a 5 month old.. I don't know what to do about the new vaccine, I feel there is not enough info, but yet I don't want to risk it either.. Very conflicted..

Alexis - posted on 11/06/2009

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Besides not alot of info on the vaccine which I am shocked they should know ho wits made tho its still in the trial run I wished more moms would NOT rush to give it to their kids and let the NEEDED children get it first those are children with health issues that if they get really sick can die! (heart to lung issues) they are the ones who need the vaccine the most. Lets get their saftey in check then worry about our healthy kids

Tanya - posted on 11/06/2009

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This is crazy!! I think that the reason why everyone is freaking out is because H1N1 has been labelled a pandemic and that's the first time that we've heard of something like that. Also, the media seems to be focusing on all of the deaths related to this particular flu strain when thousands of people all over the world die of the "regular" flu every year! This is sort of like the whole Vietnam thing... People were more horrified by that war mostly because it was televised and people were actually shown what was going on when similar things had gone on in previous wars but the media didn't make it front page news. Personally, I have never had a flu shot and have no intention of injecting myself or my two young children with a LIVE virus. It's so not worth the risk. It's called proper hygeine. Wash your hands. Cough into your elbow. Clean your house. There is way too much confusion and not enough information for me to feel confident in getting this vaccination for my family.

Kara - posted on 11/06/2009

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It's such a difficult decision, one that my husband and I contemplated for a long time. We talked with our doctor, other friends with children and researched too. Ultimately we decided it was the best decision for our 6 month old son. I don't regret our choice to have him receive the shot...but I certainly don't begrudge those who choose not to vaccinate. It comes down personal choice.

Samantha - posted on 11/06/2009

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ya im not planning on getting just because like wat some of u guys said is they should have had it earlier and to me it seems like there trying to make medicines just to make them and u dont really know if it works, they dont give information about it really, they just say get it, it saves lifes....and im not saying it doesnt work but, it can just cause u to get sicker worse or die, u just never know

Melissa - posted on 11/06/2009

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What about the dog flu? I think it was H1N3 or something like that, I was watching a program on tv that I came across, it is worse then the swine flu. There is always going to be a flu around, no matter what. Flus are never the same. I'm not getting the vaccine for my family cause we decided not too, have heard nothing but bad things about it. Everyone has there opinions, you just do what you think is best.

Christina - posted on 11/06/2009

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Flu protection is recommended in ages 6 months through 18 years.
Any influenza, including seasonal flu and 2009 H1N1 flu (sometimes called “swine flu”) can be a serious disease for children of all ages, causing them to miss school, activities, or even be hospitalized. CDC and doctors recommend flu vaccinations for all children aged 6 months through 18 years.

2009 H1N1 flu vaccine is recommended for all persons aged 6 months through 24 years of age.

Seasonal flu vaccine is recommended for all persons aged 6 months through 18 years of age.

Christina - posted on 11/06/2009

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Any flu can make your children sick enough to miss school, activities, or even be hospitalized.
Rarely, even healthy children can die from flu complications.
Vaccinate your kids against seasonal and 2009 H1N1 influenza (swine flu).

Heather - posted on 11/06/2009

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My son and me got it he is almost 3 years old he did fine no side affects nothin. I think its important cause this swine flu thing is effecting more young kids than anything.

Susan - posted on 11/06/2009

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I am getting it for my boys. This vaccine actually went through more testing than the seasonal gets every year. It is made the same way, the vaccine is the dead virus. it is safe. They make it the exact same way as the seasonal flu vaccine. the benefits certainly outway the risks. Hope this helps.

Melissa - posted on 11/05/2009

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My son got it threw his school and my 4 year is going to get it from his doctor...i would not risk my kids getting it when it seems to be tageting children

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Normally not one to jump on the bandwaggon of new vaccines, but since I'm 8 months pregnant. I've decided to get it. Once it's avaiable to general public my husband and 5 year will get it also. Rather have some protection since our baby will be unable to be vaccinated. Lots of confirmed cases here, so better safe than sorry.

Danielle - posted on 11/05/2009

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Yes, this flu is a deadly one and if I can save my baby then I will. I can only help prevent it after that it's up to God!!! The young, old, and sick are who are dieing from this. It's not going to be mine baby!!!

Kelli - posted on 11/05/2009

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i think it was rushed out. who knows what the side affects are for the future, if there are any at all. me personally, i'd rather stay away from it until further testing is done.

Sarah - posted on 11/05/2009

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My daughter is almost 4 and I got it for her. With her being in pre-school, you just never know what they are going to be exposed to. I have taken several immunology classes and I understand how they make vaccines so I felt comfortable with her getting the vaccine.

Kris - posted on 11/05/2009

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I got it for our daughter but she is a juvenile diabetic so all her doctors highly suggested it. She also received the seasonal flu shot

Mary - posted on 11/05/2009

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I don't think I'll be getting it for Mitchell either, I live in a pretty low risk area so i feel why pump drugs into him when we really don't know much about it.

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I am not getting it for my kids, it is almost 1/2 metals that we have been proved to be bad for our children, and us. The vaccene is especially bad for children with autism spectrium disorders.

Christina - posted on 11/04/2009

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From CDC website: ****Do you want to risk your children being a statistic?



Laboratory-Confirmed 2009 H1N1 Influenza Pediatric Deaths

------This Week (Week 42, Oct. 18-24)................................ [19]

------Since August 30, 2009 .................................................[65]

------Cumulative since April 26, 2009 .....................................[114]

Laboratory-Confirmed Influenza A Subtype Unknown Pediatric Deaths

------This Week (Week 42, Oct. 18-24)..................................[3]

------Since August 30, 2009...................................................[9]

------Cumulative since April 26, 2009.......................................[12]

Laboratory-Confirmed Seasonal Influenza

-------This Week (Week 42, Oct. 18-24)...................................[0]

--------Since August 30, 2009...................................................[0]

-------Cumulative since April 26, 2009.......................................[1]

This table is based on data reported to CDC through the Influenza-Associated Pediatric Mortality Surveillance System. Influenza-associated deaths in children (persons less than 18 years) was added as nationally notifiable condition in 2004.



For more information about influenza-associated pediatric mortality, see FluView.

Casey - posted on 11/04/2009

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I have two boys and one of them is in school, I am not getting my children the shot because personally I think it came out WAY to fast! There is NO way they have had the proper time to test the vaccine. Its just to scary for me!

Holly - posted on 11/04/2009

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no My child got it and now I have it...there are a couple of doctors that will not give it to their children...1) IT HASN'T BEEN AROUND LONG ENOUGH

2) WE DON'T KNOW WHAT IT IS MADE OUT OF

3) WHY ARE THE PUSHING IT SO MUCH...THE DID NOT DO THIS WITH THE AVIAN FLU..



Sorry to yell, I didn realize it was on caps...Pixie

Makyla - posted on 11/04/2009

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I chose not to give it to my 18 month old daughter as well. It was offered but with a family full of Nurses, I was advised it wasn't a good idea. Mainly, because there doesn't seem to be any info on it. I'm not comforitable giving her a shot that was formulated in such a short time with little research (or so it seems). My child nor I are going to be guinea pigs! Personal opinion. :)

Mari - posted on 11/04/2009

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I'm not getting my 3 (ages 14, 3 & 2) immunized, nor myself (3 months pregnant). I figure we don't go out much, eat healthy & wash hands often, we should be ok. Plus the kids take a daily vitamin & have always been healthy kids.

I don't trust the vaccine because they have no idea what the long term effects would be, if any.

Erin - posted on 11/04/2009

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My son and I just got the shot yesterday. I'm glad we did it and the antibodies I create will pass through my BM to my baby. I would do anything to prevent my children from getting an illness that could make them so sick. I think ppl are just finding excuses so that their children can get one less poke, no one likes to see their children cry. For hearing of all the deaths going on, I would rather my children be safe. All it takes is for someone to cough in your child's face and all those other methods of prevention just went out the window.

Jeannie - posted on 11/04/2009

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after reading about the type of ingredients that are actually in the shot.THeres no way ill get it for any of my kids.its not safe for anyone.+ theres not enough research done on it.THey just threw it together and shipped it.

Sara - posted on 11/03/2009

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the nasal spray contains mercury, try to avoid that form of the vaccine. research mercury toxicity ifn any amount, its not healthy, in your vaccines, teeth or landfills

Misty - posted on 11/03/2009

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im going tomorrow and getting my daughter checked out and see about getting the n1h1 she has had open heart surgery before when she was first born-she is ten now and i just dont want to take a chance of not getting it and her coming down with it.

Sara - posted on 11/03/2009

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please dont it contains mercury which is toxic and is linked to many diseases such as but not limited to epilepsy,fibromyalgia, autism....... ect

Sara - posted on 11/03/2009

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dont get your children vaccinated with the nasal spray for H1N1 it contains mercury as a preservative. which as most of us know was prohibited back in what 2001? so please avoid this vaccine and the mercury it contains!

Kyla - posted on 11/03/2009

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I decided not to when i found out that there is currently only a LIVE viral vaccine available. children like my son who are immunocomprimised cannot recieve these types of vaccines. So if you decide to make sure it is ok for your child first cause the live viral can be more risky when your child has hea;lth problems or was premature.

Kandi - posted on 11/03/2009

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Well I know and agree with the fact there isnt enough info out there about the h1n1 vaccine but I did get it for my son. Well he had the nasal thing. This h1n1 is scarey and so many are getting sick and some are dying from it. I am not willing to risk my son dying cause of it. Its going around like CRAZY.. And the fact that hes in daycare made me want to get it even more. But This is just my opnion.

Heather - posted on 11/03/2009

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I am getting it for my son. He will be 9 months on the 23rd. I also need to get it for myself, since I am high risk, but I cant seem to find any in my area except at the pediatricians office.

Everyone I know is pretty much sick, not necessarily w/the H1N1 but with other things...like broncitis. A friend of mine, her whole family had & still has the H1N1 which turned into broncitis & pneumonia. I dont want to mess with it!

I also agree w/ Crystal Gray from above comment. This is what I heard also.

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